Second lockdown isn’t so fun, but making a fuss of our exceptional team is. We work side-by-side, day-in day-out, but it’s not often we get to go back to basics and ask each other such simple questions which go straight to the heart of what we do.
That’s why we love doing these team spotlights. Not only do you get to know our wonderful team of professionals a little better, but we get to take a moment to slow down and hear from them in a totally different and new way to normal.
This month’s spotlight team member is Paddy Andrews. You may remember his video series over the summer, shortly after joining us as a Private Client Manager back in the spring. He’s really thrown himself into Metis Ireland life, so here he is in all his blue and red glory.
Hi Paddy, you’re looking well today. Let’s start with an easy one: describe in three words the kind of work you do every day.
Does it have to be strictly three? That’s hard!
Three main ones. You can explain them if you like.
Okay, I can work with that. Let’s see. I’d say:
I like it a lot. Maybe somebody ought to get you on the marketing team…
What’s been your proudest moment at Metis Ireland?
It’s probably working with one of my first clients, helping them decide to clear down their mortgage and put in place funding for their teenage kids’ further education.
It was clear they had been worrying about what to do and were unsure of the best way to do these things. But the relief they had once the plan was built and they had confirmation on the best course of action was phenomenal. It was such a burden lifted for them, and a great moment of pride for me to have been able to guide them to that resolution.
That really is one of the most satisfying parts of the job; seeing the impact that planning has on people’s actual lives and stress levels and happiness, not just on their bank account. Now, tell us the quote or phrase that goes through life with you.
“It’s not about how hard you hit, but about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward”. Always some good lessons about resilience to be taken from Rocky!!
Ahh, it’s a classic for a reason. Paddy, what’s in your Metis LifePlan?
I’d like to move to a new family home in the coming years. I also want to find a new hobby to use up some of the spare time I now get from hanging up the football boots!
May we suggest needlepoint? We hear it’s all the rage these days. And the kids keep spending all their time on some clock app, maybe that’s worth a look.
Anyway, where is the most interesting place you’ve been?
It has to be Yosemite National Park in California. It was an incredible place to explore for a few days last year, absolutely breathtaking scenery and some wonderful hikes.
We’re not at all jealous. Who is your hero and why?
Without a doubt, my parents. They’ve raised five kids and are still working away, happy as Larry, in their business nearly 40 years later. They were excellent role models and showed us all first-hand how hard work pays off.
Truly an inspiration, we take our proverbial hat off to Mr and Mrs Andrews.
Now finally, if you could give your younger self one piece of advice what would it be?
If you want something badly enough be prepared to make the sacrifices for it. The cost is always worth it in the end.
Excellent words of wisdom. Thank you, Paddy! Let us know how your search for a new hobby goes.
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